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STORE TESTS RENTING BEST SELLERS
March 30, 1998
A Lawrence bookstore is testing demand for rental of hardback books on the current New York Times bestseller list.
SLOPPY REASONING
March 30, 1998
To the editor: As an Africanist, I am offended by the sloppy reasoning, stereotyping, and frank misrepresentation in Tuesday’s editorial essay. You state that this trip to Africa will generate much publicity for the president. Presidential travel always generates big news and publicity, no matter who the president is or where he is going. Africans are like people all over the world. When a person as important at the president of the U.S. visits, they come out to see him in great numbers.
A.V. MCAULEY
March 30, 1998
Services for A.V. McAuley, 74, Wellsville, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wilson and Son Chapel, Wellsville. Burial will follow in Wellsville Cemetery. Mr. McAuley died Sunday morning, March 29, 1998, at his home.
M.W. EVERLEY
March 30, 1998
Services for M.W. “Swede” Everley, 85, Eudora, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Private inurnment will be at a later date at Eudora Cemetery, Eudora. Mr. Everley died Sunday, March 29, 1998, at the Eudora Nursing Center, Eudora.
VE NOTICED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF PERRY THERE IS AN OBELISK IN A PLOWED FIELD. WHY IS IT THERE?
March 30, 1998
The inscription on the white, granite obelisk reads: “Given in loving memory of Amanda M. Mitchell by her son, David Garrett Mitchell, 1930.” But the monument is not a grave marker.
WARNER TAKES HELM AT MERCANTILE
March 30, 1998
Charles Warner said he would continue the bank’s tradition of presidents with strong ties to the community.
NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK TO BE DECLARED IN LAWRENCE
March 30, 1998
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is celebrating National Public Health Week by promoting better health through proper hygiene. Free bars of soap will be available April 6-12 at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Information on proper handwashing and how germs can be transmitted through lack of washing will be displayed.
IN 1898
March 30, 1998
On March 30, 1898 there was increasing talk about going to war against Spain. The Lawrence World editorialized: “War is a terrible thing. It can not be defended from any stand point. It is sometimes inevitable in order to maintain national honor but the president is right in holding back as long as he sees hopes of a settlement without the sacrifice of honor. Public sentiment is aroused in this country. We have an idea that there are no others when it comes to power and this makes us hot headed. President McKinley has a tremendous responsibility. He cannot truckle to the voters of any particular district.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
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March 30, 1998
What is Beta software? Beta software is “test software.” A software manufacturer can only do so many tests at their facilities to make sure the software does what it is supposed to. When the company releases a beta version it believes the program works and wants users to test it in the real world.
VOICE LINES ON INTERNET POISED TO REVOLUTIONIZE PHONE SYSTEM
March 30, 1998
Imagine the following scenario: You’re using your computer, perhaps working with a database program or something, and you run into a snag. A program bug has bitten you, or you’re trying to do something you just can’t figure out because the manual is unclear. So you fire up your Web browser and go to your bookmarks menu to find the home page of the publisher of the software you’re using. You browse through the site until you find the “Help” button, and you click it, whereupon a pleasant voice comes through your computer’s speaker, saying, “How may I direct your call?” You lean near your computer’s microphone and explain your problem, and the operator connects you with a consultant, who talks you through a solution to your problem. Not long ago, such a scene might sound a bit far-fetched, but not today. In fact, I heard at a conference in Atlanta last week that there are some sites already using exactly such a mechanism to provide consulting to customers. It’s called “voice-over-IP” or “Internet telephony” or any number of other things, but what it amounts to is this: You can use your computer for voice communication over the Internet.
STILL THE WORD AT AREA MOVIE THEATERS
March 30, 1998
Hundreds of area residents cruised to theaters to see the 20-year-old “Grease” musical.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT CONDITION REPORTS
March 30, 1998
* Chris Moritz, 51, Lansing, was listed in serious condition Sunday night at Columbia Overland Park Regional Medical Center, where he was taken after being injured in an automobile accident Tuesday afternoon on Kansas Highway 10, about 12 miles east of Lawrence. Emergency calls
ARLINGTON SELECTION
March 30, 1998
It is good that firmer guidelines are being formulated for burial in the nation’s Arlington National Cemetery. America’s Arlington National Cemetery is a special place and should be treated that way. Recently, the Washington-area cemetery was a center of attention because a former political contributor-manipulator who had lied about his armed forces record had been buried there. That error since has been rectified.
ASSOCIATE DEAN NAMED TO HUMANITIES BOARD
March 30, 1998
Dennis Domer, associate dean of Kansas University’s School of Architecture and Urban Design, has been elected to a three-year term on the Kansas Humanities Council board of directors. A statewide organization headquartered in Topeka, KHC promotes the preservation and interpretation of history and cultural traditions.
IMMUNIZATION AVAILABLE AT BALDWIN CHURCH
March 30, 1998
An immunization clinic will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Baldwin. Immunizations will be available on a walk-in basis, and they will be free for children less than 3 years of age. Parents should bring their children’s immunization records if available. For more information, call the county health department at 843-0721. Associate dean named
IMMUNIZATION AVAILABLE AT BALDWIN CHURCH
March 30, 1998
An immunization clinic will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Baldwin. Immunizations will be available on a walk-in basis, and they will be free for children less than 3 years of age. Parents should bring their children’s immunization records if available. For more information, call the county health department at 843-0721.
USED GOODS MAKE COMEBACK
March 30, 1998
Businesses trading in used merchandise — clothing, computers, CDs, books, sports equipment — are making their presence felt in Lawrence.
THELMA FOSTER
March 30, 1998
Services for Thelma Mae Foster, 82, Ottawa, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church, Ottawa. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Pomona. Mrs. Foster died Saturday, March 28, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
BIRTHS
March 30, 1998
Matthew and Amanda Kapfer, Lawrence, a girl, Saturday. Elizabeth Wylie, Linwood, a boy, Sunday.
DOLL HOUSE ENTHUSIASTS LOVE SETTING UP HOUSE
March 30, 1998
Several elaborate doll houses will be on display during an annual show Saturday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
S BASKETBALL CROWN FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR AND CAPPED A 39-0 SEASON WITH ITS VICTORY SUNDAY NIGHT OVER LOUISIANA TECH.
March 30, 1998
The “Meeks” might inherit the earth, but it was Kellie Jolly as much as anyone who helped Tennessee reach the summit of the women’s college basketball world on Sunday night. Jolly, UT’s junior point guard, plays in the formidable shadow of the Vols’ three ballyhooed Meeks — Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings and Sameka Randall.
UNFAIR DERISION
March 30, 1998
To the editor: I have seen some truly amazing editorial comments in this newspaper in the last 28 years, but none so decidedly biased, low and cheap as the one in Tuesday’s edition. To refresh your memory, this newspaper chose to consider the occasion of the president leaving the country on a series of foreign visits as yet another reason to cast aspersions, derision, rumors and hateful comment on the lawfully elected leader of the free world.
OKLAHOMA SCORED THREE RUNS IN THE TOP OF THE 10TH TO NUDGE KANSAS, 14-11, AND WIN THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE BASEBALL SERIES, TWO GAMES TO ONE.
March 30, 1998
Shade Wedd’s hitting sizz continues for Kansas. Wedd, who bashed three home runs in a mid-week doubleheader sweep of Washburn, slammed three hits, including a home run, in the Jayhawks’ 14-11, 10-inning loss to Oklahoma on Sunday at Hoglund-Maupin Stadium.
IS THERE A SUPPORT GROUP FOR FAMILIES OF SUICIDE VICTIMS IN LAWRENCE?
March 30, 1998
There are two groups. Healing After Suicide, for people affected by a suicide, meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread. For more information, call Thad Holcombe at 843-4933 or Marcia Epstein at 841-2345. Another support group for teen-agers meets from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. every other Thursday at Headquarters Counseling Center, 1419 Mass. For more information, call Epstein, who is director of Headquarters, at 841-2345.
DISABILITY IS NOT ABOUT ENTITLEMENT
March 30, 1998
I went to a new market yesterday. It’s only been open a couple of weeks, and already has a great reputation for fresh fish, meat and produce. I wanted fish. But this column’s not about fish. I selected red snapper, asked the tall guy with the sharp knife to filet it and headed for the checkout register. Since the fish was my only purchase, I rolled my wheelchair into the “10 Items or Less” express lane, right behind a woman who was buying almost $140 worth of groceries. She had so many items that the obviously intimidated checker couldn’t fit all the bags into one shopping cart. But this column isn’t about obnoxious people who bully their way into the express lane.
SOUND OFF
March 30, 1998
On the Paul Harvey broadcast on March 24, Harvey said a doctor in Hot Springs, S.D., had operated on golfer J.C. Snead’s eyes. He had degeneration of the retina. After the operation, Snead had good enough eyesight that he could play golf and read the paper. How can I contact the doctor or J.C. Snead regarding the operation? You can contact J.C. Snead at P.O. Box 2047, Ponte Verde Beach, Fla. 32082.
S FORECAST HOLDS THIS WEEKTOO
March 30, 1998
It looks like Mother Nature will bring a repeat of last week’s weather this week, a forecaster said.
S WORK IS A LABOR OF LOVE
March 30, 1998
A love of children is what drives Alberta Freed’s enthusiasm for volunteering.